Tuesday, July 1, 2008
A year I wrote a post making fun of the global scramble to get one of those Anya Hindmarch’s limited edition "I am not a plastic bag" bags. The campaign’s intention was entirely laudable, though that stampede it created, like the near riot in a Hong Kong mall for example, was indeed ripe for ridicule. Fast forward to the present day, the reusable bag trend is hotter than ever. More and more stores are giving up bags altogether while others give shoppers an incentive like a discount or coupons to bring your own bags.
I’m in the market for some new bags myself, and found quite a few that are so enticing I simply must share with you here. Just because we’ve gone eco around here doesn’t mean we’re stuck with unfashionable hemp bags in the shade of Maoist gray. (Though I’ve just found that even hemp can be hip now, go figure.)
The first place I looked was Reisenthel, the fabulous German maker of all things to carry other things with. (Can you come up with a better description for them? I certainly couldn’t.) They are my favorite, and everything I’ve bought from them have been practically indestructible. I’m still in love with the basket I got from Frankfurt years ago, though David has taken it over and turned my hip German basket into his foraging basket. What’s a girl to do but go shopping anew? Here darling, twist my arm.
Lucky for me, I don’t need to hop a flight to Frankfurt–though one to Paris is in my rather immediate future–because Amazon now carries a whole bunch of Reisenthel products.